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The Average American

  1. Oct 25, 2005 #1
    Turns out the average American isn't a beer-bellied couch potato. But living the American dream does include having a front yard and a grill:biggrin:
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4973770

    According to the book, a majority of Americans:

    • Eats peanut butter at least once a week just did:biggrin
    • Prefers smooth peanut butter over chunky true
    • Can name all Three Stooges yep
    • Lives within a 20-minute drive of a Wal-Mart isn't this true of everyone in the world?
    • Eats at McDonald's at least once a year ick, not anymore...I like In n Out
    • Takes a shower for approximately 10.4 minutes a day sure
    • Never sings in the shower actually, i do
    • Lives in a house, not an apartment or condominium nope, college student in apt, prefer house tho
    • Has a home valued between $100,000 and $300,000 N/A
    • Has fired a gun nope, had the chance tho but wasn't interested
    • Is between 5 feet and 6 feet tall except for my hobbity moments, yes
    • Weighs 135 to 205 pounds probably in there somewhere
    • Is between the ages of 18 and 53 yep
    • Believes gambling is an acceptable entertainment option sure
    • Grew up within 50 miles of current home nope, i'm a wanderer

    another one in the interview - average American is 36; I think he said in the early 1900s, it was 16 years old.
     
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  3. Oct 25, 2005 #2

    Pengwuino

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    Nope :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

    No way :mad: :mad: :mad:

    Damn straight I can

    Probably 5 in a 10 mile radius

    There breakfast menu is good! But come on, once a year? I pretty much do everything at least once a year.

    Wow... that might be exactly how long I take

    Im proud to be an American

    Sure do

    Well I don't own it.

    Hell yes because its my right

    except when im asleep

    Naaa

    Sure am

    Hell it IS fun

    Within a mile
     
  4. Oct 25, 2005 #3
    My responses:
    I'm surprised by a lot of those.

    I was just talking about In n Out earlier today:

    Some lore about the place:
    http://www.snopes.com/business/alliance/inandout.asp

    but I'm not trying to derail your thread, i just think it's interesting.
     
  5. Oct 25, 2005 #4

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    Not me. It's rare that I eat peanut butter.

    Nope, I like the chunky kind.
    Who couldn't?
    More like a 10 min drive; those things are everywhere!
    I'm surprised they only went with once a year. So, yeah, a few times a year actually.
    I should hope so! Except that one year when I was a kid and my mom decided to be super-energy conscious and impose a 5 min time-limit in the shower...she set a timer for each of us, and if we weren't done before the timer went off, she just shut the water off! :cry: I've always had long hair and it takes that long to wash the shampoo out!
    :shy: Me too.
    Used to, now it's a townhome until I figure out whether I'm staying or moving on.
    Used to, but not now. Will again within a year or two.
    Never did, though always wanted to learn.
    Yep
    Thankfully, no, I'm a bit below that.
    That's a bit of a no-brainer. Is there a country where that wouldn't be the case?
    I guess, though it isn't something that really gets me too excited.
    Nope, and it's not terribly likely I ever will.
    I'm below average. :cry: (but only by a little :rofl:)
     
  6. Oct 25, 2005 #5

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    • Eats peanut butter at least once a week No
    • Prefers smooth peanut butter over chunky I prefer chunky
    • Can name all Three Stooges Larry, Moe, and Curly? I always confuse them with the Pep Boys
    • Lives within a 20-minute drive of a Wal-Mart I think I do, but I haven't seen it
    • Eats at McDonald's at least once a year Probably not
    • Takes a shower for approximately 10.4 minutes a day I doubt it
    • Never sings in the shower I sing everywhere
    • Lives in a house, not an apartment or condominium Apartment
    • Has a home valued between $100,000 and $300,000 No
    • Has fired a gun Yes, I have fired multiple guns
    • Is between 5 feet and 6 feet tall Taller
    • Weighs 135 to 205 pounds Yes
    • Is between the ages of 18 and 53 Yes
    • Believes gambling is an acceptable entertainment option Yes
    • Grew up within 50 miles of current home No

    6/15

    Average enough
     
  7. Oct 25, 2005 #6
    haha, the Mormons should pick up that marketing! I'm going right now to pay my indulgences:smile:
     
  8. Oct 25, 2005 #7

    Pengwuino

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    Is it a sign from God that I should go out and get some in n out? I THINK SO.
     
  9. Oct 25, 2005 #8

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    • Eats peanut butter at least once a week about every 2 weeks
    • Prefers smooth peanut butter over chunky NO WAY!!! Chunky rules!!
    • Can name all Three Stooges duh?
    • Lives within a 20-minute drive of a Wal-Mart of course :approve:
    • Eats at McDonald's at least once a year yeah
    • Takes a shower for approximately 10.4 minutes a day yeah, about
    • Never sings in the shower ppft! No!
    • Lives in a house, not an apartment or condominium Yep
    • Has a home valued between $100,000 and $300,000 More
    • Has fired a gun No
    • Is between 5 feet and 6 feet tall yep
    • Weighs 135 to 205 pounds yep
    • Is between the ages of 18 and 53 NOPE
    • Believes gambling is an acceptable entertainment option yep
    • Grew up within 50 miles of current home Yes, I do
     
  10. Oct 25, 2005 #9
    Try putting peanut butter on big slices of apple, then add some Hersheys chocolate syrup to top it off. yum
     
  11. Oct 25, 2005 #10

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    :!!) :!!) :!!) :!!) :!!) :!!)
     
  12. Oct 25, 2005 #11
    More? Um.. how much more? Having a home over $300,000 isn't really considered average at all... thats more along the lines of being gentry/elite.

    edit: and here all of us poor college students are trying to make ends meet :uhh:
     
  13. Oct 25, 2005 #12
    Here in so cal, you can't find a home for under 300,000. New homes start around 650,000.

    Yes, it's insane.
     
  14. Oct 25, 2005 #13
    Its because of the real estate in Arizona. My house was originally 150,000 yet now is worth 400,000.
     
  15. Oct 25, 2005 #14
    That is very high compared to the going rate in Florida (where most homes are usually in-between $100,000 to $200,000 depending on where on is at). A little bit of cross-country culture shock.

    Of course, the beach properties can go way up in the millions in some areas...
     
  16. Oct 25, 2005 #15

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    we got our house for about $150,000(I think) it's like sextupled or somewhere around there
     
  17. Oct 25, 2005 #16

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    Not in California. $200,000 is rather run down here and we're not really high priced in Fresno. Something for $150k around here might be worth 1/2 a million in LA or on the coast.
     
  18. Oct 25, 2005 #17
    That's about right.....it's crazy.
     
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